Mississippi Mud Pie is such a favorite for kids and adults alike! We start with a sweet chocolate cookie crust that is topped with hot fudge, coffee-flavored (or chocolate) ice cream, one more layer of fudge, and then creamy whipped topping to finish things off.
Don’t want ice cream in the pie? Try this Chocolate Pudding Pie instead!
The Ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie
When I first met my husband, I begged him for dessert requests. We were in college and I had an insatiable baking bug. (Ha! Still do.) The two things he requested first (and over and over again)? A classic Apple Pie and a Mississippi Mud Pie. Those are the two desserts he was raised on and they’ve now become tradition in our home.
Over the years I’ve tweaked this mud pie making more and more of the layers from scratch (yum!) and he has declared this the ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie ice cream dessert!
What Is Mississippi Mud Pie?
The original Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe is a chocolate-based dessert pie said to have originated from the Mississippi-a southernU.S. state. It contains a gooey chocolate sauce a top a chocolate crust and usually is served with ice cream (either in the pie or on the side).
Over the years it has morphed and transformed into many different dessert variations. Today we’re bringing you our favorite version!
Why Do They Call It Mississippi Mud Pie?
Legend says the name is derived from the fudge in the pie which often looks similar to mud from the Mississippi River. That sounds like a pretty logical story to me!
What Is A Mississippi Mud Pie Made Of?
Again, there are all kinds of different ways to make this pie. Typically, the pie starts with a cookie crust and has a layer of chocolate pudding or ice cream, a fudge layer, and some kind of whipped cream topping. Here are the main components of our pie:
- Oreo pie crust: We take our favorite Oreo® crust recipe to start this pie off right!
- Hot fudge sauce: Next, we whip up our favorite homemade hot fudge sauce (I promise, it’s easy!) and spread half of the sauce on the Oreo crust.
- Ice cream: Then we spread on the ice cream. See the “quick tip” box below.
- More hot fudge sauce: On top of the ice cream, we add the rest of the hot fudge sauce.
- Whipped cream: Finally, some fresh whipped cream goes on top. We like to finish things off with a couple more crushed-up Oreos — perfection!
How To Make Mississippi Mud Pie
The full recipe card is below, but here are our top tips for this recipe:
- Thoroughly crush the Oreos: If there are big pieces of cookie in the crust, it will still taste great, but the slices won’t cut out as nicely. I recommend a blender or food processor for even crushing.
- Don’t add hot butter to the crushed cookies: Let the butter cool slightly before mixing the two together to avoid a greasy crust.
- Let the pie stand for 5 minutes at room temperature before cutting and serving. Use a hot, sharp knife (run it under hot water, dry with a towel) to make cuts into the pie. Serve and promptly return any leftovers (covered tightly) to the freezer.
- Allow plenty of time. This pie requires a lot of back and forth in the freezer, time for the components (like the crust and hot fudge) to cool, and more time to fully set up — leave enough time so the process isn’t rushed.
More Frozen Desserts:
- Brownie Ice Cream Bars with Samoa cookies
- Oreo Ice Cream Cake with hot fudge, cookies & cream ice cream, and an Oreo crust
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with a graham cracker crust
- Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches with a chocolate sauce
- Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with only four ingredients!